Dr. Walter Shea

Dr. Walter Shea


Dr. Walter Shea attended Nichols School and LCHS. Upon graduating from Knoxville High School, he served in the U.S. Army for 18 months. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee in Electrical Engineering, he was accepted to medical school and obtained a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. After graduation in 1956, Dr. Shea complete an internship and residency at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He then moved to Lenoir City in 1961 where he purchased Dr. Leeper's medical practice.

The practice was General Medicine in every sense of the words. From pregnancy to delivery, from appendicitis to cancer, from colic to "what is this thing stuck in my son's nose," Dr. Shea saw it all and cared for LCeans, many from birth until death. There has always been a special place in his heart for the people of this town.

Dr. Shea was elected Man of the Year, was a Rotary club member, served as Colonel in the Tennessee Defense Force Medical Unit, 304th Battalion. The body of the State Home Guard functioned as a medical unit for University of Tennessee ROTC during field activities. Dr. and Mrs. Shea were part of a group that obtained the charter for Adult Community Training serving special needs citizens of Loudon County. Dr. Shea continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board, a position he has held since the program's onset. He also was Medical Administrator and practicing physician at Baptist Health Care in Lenoir City until 2000.

Dr. Shea was honored to serve as the Lenoir City Panthers' physician and donated many hours performing physicals, being accessible for medical needs of the players and standing prepared a the sidelines during games to treat injuries and handle any medical emergencies. Dr. Shea sold his medical practice in 1995 and continues to reside in Lenoir City. He was inducted into the LCHS Hall of Fame in 2011.